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Matt Wilde Aims to Soothe on Debut LP Hello World

The multi-talented pianist's first full-length project arrived on July 14th.

By infusing jazzy sounds with euphonic beats, Wilde’s richly textured and cohesive studio effort tells a compelling story without words.

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Matt Wilde - Photo Credit: George Creates

Wilde imbues his “personal experiences, thoughts and feelings” into the fluttering passages of Hello World, with a “curiosity for the human condition.” Together with collaborators like Joe Luckin (on drums), Stan Scott (on bass), and Aaron Wood (on trumpet), Wilde (on keys) thoughtfully illustrates his own emotions exclusively through instrumentation.

The album draws from a plethora of influences, mostly stemming from the variety of cultures that surrounded him growing up. Manchester, England was an essential breeding ground in the early days of hip-hop, which inspired Wilde to begin “producing, making beats and DJing.” His fusion of calming jazz and lively hip-hop has established Wilde as a singular modern musician.

Hello World‘s album cover is a watercolor painting bathed in yellow sunlight, which translates directly into the lush sound of the album. The warmth conveyed by its gorgeous artwork, makes each song feel cozy and lived-in. The LP greets us with “Who Cares,” a jaunty and carefree (it’s in the name!) tune that immediately puts the listener at ease. However, Wilde’s music isn’t meant to be thought of as mere background music.

Wilde is guided by an “optimistic, playful outlook” on life in his compositions, whilst “offering moments of reflection and calm” to listeners. This sentiment is evident in tracks like “Fields of Green,” the perfect soundtrack to a thoughtful stroll in the woods. Wilde’s tunes don’t tell listeners what to think or feel but inspire them to think and feel more deeply.

Hello World and “Who Cares” is available now on major streaming platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.

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Cameron Landry

Cameron Landry is a former journalism student at The George Washington University, and a current writer for Alchemical Records. He’s shared a passion for music journalism for several years, and focused much of his reporting as an undergraduate on how independent music venues have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Based in Washington, DC, Cameron can often be found at local concerts (and record stores!) in the district.

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